Lawrence Barclay Davey                                                                        Updated: 18 DEC 2016

Airman: o888146.htm Surname: Davey Init: L B Rank: F/O Service: RAF Sqdn: 58

P_link: p427.htm Plane: HAL JP336 Operation: Anti ship Crash_site: Kattegat

Crash_d: d240445 Buried_d: o888 C_link: o888.htm At_Next: POW

  HAL JP336 var nødt til at nødlande på havet (måske omkring her nordøst for Gjerrild på Djursland) den 24. april 1945.

"Den 23. april 1945 kl. 20.15 lettede F/O Lawrence Barclay Davey fra Stornoway i HAL JP336. Ved midnat opdagede flyet en tysk konvoj fra Norge, og under det
første angreb blev flyet svært beskadiget af flak. Davey forsøgte at nå land, men ca. 1 sømil (måske omkring her) nordøst for Gjerrild på Djursland (Gjerrild Fyr her)
måtte flyet lande på vandet, hvor det holdt sig flydende i brændende tilstand i en halv time. Fra land blev branden observeret, men ingen sejlede til undsætning.
Da F/O Davey kom fri af flyet, kunne han høre anden-piloten F/Sgt Thomas Ernest Parker Rosenthal råbe om hjælp inde i den brændende maskine. Davey krøb
ind i vraget og fik hjulpet Rosenthal ud. Telegrafisterne F/O John Vilhjalmur Johnson og Sgt Gerard Anthony Guinane var også kommet fri af flyet, og i fællesskab fik
de pustet deres gummibåd op og roede rundt for at finde de 5 øvrige besætningsmedlemmer, men forgæves.

De kunne se den danske kyst, men vinden kom fra vest, og strømmen førte dem hurtigt til havs. Den efterfølgende nat døde F/Sgt Rosenthal, og da gummibåden var
utæt, måtte han begraves til havs. Senere drev Rosenthal dog i land ved Svarthall (måske omkring her), og den 26. juli 1945 blev han begravet på Varberg kirkegård i Sverige. Efter 36 timer blev de nødstedte omsider opdaget af en tysk observationspost på Anholt (her), og to udsendte danske fiskekuttere "Vera" og "Hafnia" samlede
de 3 flyvere op, og bragte dem ind til Anholt. Via Grenå (her) blev de overført til Århus Kommunehospital, hvor de i dagene efter befrielsen nød stor opmærksomhed."
(FT 91-10-54)

Fra HAL JP336 er 3 flyvere begravet i Odder, 1 i Sverige, 2 har ingen kendt grav og 3 blev ført til Tyske krigsfangelejre. 9 flyvere.

 HAL JP336 had to ditch in the Kattegat (maybe about here northeast of Gjerrild in Djursland) on 24 April 1945.

"F/O Lawrence Barclay Davey took off from Stornoway in HAL JP336 on 23 April 1945 at 20:15. At midnight the plane spotted a German convoy from Norway, and
the plane was heavily damaged by flak during the first attack. Davey tried to reach land, but the plane had to ditch about 1 nautical mile (maybe about here) northeast
of Gjerrild in Djursland (Gjerrild Lighthouse here). It floated, burning, for half an hour. The fire was seen from land, but nobody sailed out to their rescue.
When F/O Davey got off the plane, he heard Co-Pilot F/Sgt Thomas Ernest Parker Rosenthal shouting for help from within the burning plane. Davey crawled into the
wreck and helped Rosenthal out. The Wireless Operators F/O John Vilhjalmur Johnson and Sgt Gerard Anthony Guinane had also come off the plane and together
they inflated their dinghy and rowed around to find the other 5 crew members, but in vain.

They could see the coast of Denmark, but the wind came from the west and the current quickly took them off the coast. F/Sgt Rosenthal died in the following night,
and as the dinghy leaked he had to be buried at sea. However, Rosenthal later drifted ashore at Svarthall (maybe about here), and he was buried in Varberg
Churchyard in Sweden on 26 July 1945. After 36 hours the airmen in distress were finally spotted by a German observation post on Anholt (here) and two Danish
fishing boats "Vera" and "Hafnia" were sent out to pick up the 3 airmen. They were then taken to Anholt. Via Grenå (here) they were transferred to Århus Municipal Hospital. In the days after the liberation they were met with great attention here." (FT 91-10-54)

3 airmen from HAL JP336 are buried in Odder, 1 in Sweden, 2 have no known graves and 3 were taken to German POW-Camps.

See Bomber Command No. 58 Squadron * RAF Coastal Command *  This Halifax from No. 18 Group RAF took off from RAF Stornoway.
Robin Hudson of RAFA Stornoway sent details of airmen from HAL JP333 * HAL JP302 * HAL JP173 * HAL PN402 * HAL JP299. Also HAL HX224 * HAL JP336
HAL HR686 and HAL JP330 took off from RAF Stornoway. See Lost Airmen from RAF Stornoway.  9 airmen.